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€6m Retirement Payout For Local Councillors Who Lost Seats

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7:08 AM - 15 Oct 2019



Councillors who chose not to contest May's local elections are to receive retirement gratuities of around €6m in total.

17 of them will get at least €70,000 each, according to details released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Councillors who lost their seats in May, or chose not to contest the elections, are entitled to a lump sum based on their experience on the local authority.

Most of these payments have been processed, but younger councillors have to wait until the turn 50 before they receive the payment.

28 of the 31 local authorities across Ireland have now released the details of the amounts to be paid, following Freedom of Information requests.

Wicklow County Council's bill is highest, with 12 former representatives due more than €505,000.

Across the country, 17 former councillors are to get at least 70,000 euro.

Topping the list is Longford's Luie McEntire, who retired after 40 years' service and was paid just under €80,000 in June.

Mr McEntire doesn't think the payments are excessive.

He says: "We've given our lifetime to local government.

"We did get a certain amount as tax-free, but nearly the half of it was taxable".

Louth's Peter Savage and Laois's David Goodwin were allocated marginally less after 45 years on their respective councils.



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